Don Sanders was a central figure in the early Houston folk scene, playing all the landmark venues -- from Anderson Fair, Sand Mountain, the Old Quarter, and Liberty Hall to Austin's Armadillo World Headquarters and the Kerrville Folk Festival. He has shared the stage with Lyle Lovett (who considers him an important influence), Nanci Griffith, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Lightin' Hopkins, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, and Janis Joplin. He also played at countless peace rallies, benefits, and Montrose street events. Don worked with Pacifica Radio's KPFT-FM and in Houston theater, performing a one-man show. In recent years he has devoted much of his time to performing for school children. John Wilson wrote on The Rag Blog: "Over a five year period from 1970 to 1975, Don wrote and performed a suite of songs that pretty much provided the soundtrack for that tumultuous and intensely musical period of Houston’s history." Many of those historic songs have been released on a new CD titled, Heavy Word User. Includes live performance. Running time: 54:07.
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